Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

Sponsor and Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Del Sol Press
First Novel Competition

A prize of $1,500, publication by Del Sol Press, and 20 author copies will be given annually for a first novel. Madison Smartt Bell will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon DIAGRAM
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $19 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/29/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Elixir Press
Antivenom Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Seth Brady Tucker will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by...
Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Enizagam
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. CAConrad will judge in poetry and Diane Cook will judge in fiction. Using the...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/18/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Finishing Line Press
New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook written by a woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Maines will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Fish Publishing
Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary Festival in...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,090 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16